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On becoming an organizational autoethnographer; considering the ethical perspectives of the research application process.

Armstrong-Gibbs, FD (2019) On becoming an organizational autoethnographer; considering the ethical perspectives of the research application process. Journal of Organizational Ethnography. ISSN 2046-6749

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Purpose: To explore the process and challenges of applying an autoethnographic research method to a professional doctoral thesis ethics application. It examines the traditional university ethical approval process and if it is appropriate for this evolving qualitative research method within an organizational context. Design/methodology/approach: A short introduction to the literature on ethics prefaces an analytical autoethnographic account of my experience as Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) candidate tackling the application process for ethical approval of primary research. The account is a reflection of the review process and critiques with reference to the existing literature. Findings: The majority of the literature relating to ethics has focussed on the private, personal and largely evocative accounts of autoethnography. This paper highlights some of the differences and potential for organizational autoethnography and ethical conduct. It highlights the ethical implications of obtaining consent from ones colleagues, developing and maintaining dependent relationships, risk and reward to one’s own professional reputation and becoming equipped to create both personal and organizational change through a process of reflexivity. Originality/value: This paper adds to the discussion about ethical conduct when undertaking new forms of organizational ethnographic research. For those interested or involved in the university institutional ethics review committees and for professional doctoral students who are developing an emancipatory insider research approach.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autoethnography, ethics, ethical research reflexivity, social enterprise
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 10:27
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 02:07
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/JOE-11-2017-0058
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9815
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